Monday, April 30, 2018

Delivery Time! Another Trade Stack Success Story (courtesy of blog reader Tim)

Over the past few days, I've mentioned that I have fallen behind in posting my incoming mail packages.  Well, I can't say that I'm getting any closer to getting caught up...but I can report that today's post is for one of my most recent incoming envelopes which makes me feel like I'm not a total waste!

In fact, today's PWE (courtesy of blog reader Tim) is the result of a recent Trade Stack trade.  Tim claimed Trade Stack #89 and in return, he sent me a pair of 2018 Panini Donruss cards for my set that I'm still working on.

I like the 2018 Panini Donruss set well enough - but that Alex Wood card is pretty atrocious.  At least on the Nelson Cruz card you don't immediately notice the lack of team names or logos.

I'm slowly making may towards the complete set - here's what I still need out of 2018 Panini Donruss:
2018 Panini Donruss Wants:Base (regular base, not variations):  51, 52, 53, 62, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81, 83, 88, 90, 101, 103, 105, 106, 107, 113, 114, 116, 121, 122, 128, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 152, 153, 154, 155, 158, 159, 160, 163, 170, 171, 172, 173, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 188, 189, 196, 197, 201, 204, 205, 210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 224, 231, 232, 233, 234, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 252, 253, 254, 261, 262, 263, 264, 268, 269, 270
Parallels:  I am looking for any parallels of either Barry Larkin base card

He also found a new (to me) Barry Larkin card. 

Hard to believe that I didn't yet own a Topps Bunt Larkin card...but hey, now I have it so now I'm happy!

Tim also threw in a few assorted Reds to fill out the envelope. 

Good stuff here, especially those Bunt cards and that Jay Bruce All-Star card.  Thanks for the quick and easy trade, Tim!  As for anyone else - check out my want list and make an offer if you'd like to work out a trade!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 602: 1998 Topps Gold Label - #74 - Class 1 Black

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Gold Label
Parallel subset:  Class 1 Black
Card number:  74

The 1998 Topps Gold Label has a bunch of different variations for each player (I showed off Larkin's most basic "base card" a couple of days ago).  Today's card is one of the parallels of the base card - it's part of the Class 1 Black parallel set.  Although the set is definitely confusing, I appreciate the fact that Topps wrote "black level" underneath the card number on the backside of the card.  That helps immensely when sorting cards - and in terms of knowing just exactly what it is that you are holding in your hands!

I still have one more Larkin card from this set to show off...but I'm nowhere near done collecting Larkins from the set.  By my count, there are still six more Larkins to acquire from the '98 Gold Label set (that's not counting the one-of-ones which I'm not bothering to ever chase down).

FOR TRADE: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen

I have a bunch of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen available for trade.  Check out my want list and make an offer!

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen - FOR TRADE:
Last update:  6/25/18

Base:  3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 43, 46, 52, 54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 82, 83, 84, 87, 88, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 117, 118, 119, 122, 123, 127, 129, 130, 133, 134, 135, 137, 138, 140, 142, 143, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 156, 159, 160, 163, 164, 167, 171, 176, 177, 181, 187, 189, 190, 196, 197, 198, 200, 202, 203, 204, 210, 211, 213, 214, 219, 222, 226, 228, 233, 235, 236, 239, 240, 241, 242, 247, 251, 255, 258, 261, 263, 266, 267, 268, 271, 278, 279, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 290, 292, 293, 295, 296, 298, 300

Fortune Tellers minis insert:
1.  Aaron Judge
2.  Manny Machado
8.  Corey Seager
10.  Cody Bellinger
11.  Carlos Correa
15.  Noah Syndergaard
16.  Amed Rosario
17.  Dellin Betances
20.  Mike Trout

Autographs:
GQA-AS.  Andrew Stevenson (Nationals)
GQA-AV.  Alex Verdugo (Dodgers)
GQA-ZG.  Zack Granite (Twins)

Purple (Retail only I believe) parallels:
24.  Bryon Buxton
24.  Byron Buxton
63.  Alex Gordon
74.  Noah Syndergaard
92.  Zack Cozart
99.  Tyler Glasnow
162.  Francisco Mejia
166.  Ben Gamel
250.  Max Scherzer
256.  James Paxton
266.  Aaron Altherr
278.  Javier Baez
278.  Javier Baez
289.  Tyler Saladino
294.  Nomar Mazara

Blue parallels:
48.  Parker Bridwell (Angels) #231/250
57.  Gary Sanchez (Yankees) #193/250
193.  Erick Fedde (Nationals) #144/250
298.  Salvador Perez (Royals) #027/250

Black & White parallels:
78.  Luiz Gohara (Braves) #49/50
243.  Matt Moore (Rangers) #26/50

Bazooka (Topps) Back parallel:
30.  A.J. Jimenez (Rangers)

No Team Name Plate variations:
94.  Nick Markakis (Braves)
170.  Ryon Healy (Mariners)

Gypsy Queen Logo Swap variations:
209.  Kevin Gausman (Orioles)
224.  Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees)
257.  Adrian Beltre (Rangers)

Gypsy Queen Logo Swap Short Print Variation:
308.  Carlton Fisk (White Sox)

Gypsy Queen Logo Swap Image Variation:
100.  Chris Sale (Red Sox)

Glass Works Box Toppers:
GW-CS.  Corey Seager (Dodgers)

Glass Works Blue Parallel Box Topper:
GW-AR.  Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) #124/150

Note:  I'd love to swap my box topper(s) for a Jose Altuve Glass Works.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Delivery Time! Breaking Down a Baseball Card Breakdown Trade

Once again, I have fallen behind in posting some of the recent trade packages that have made their way to my house.  However late I may be, it's not a sign that I don't appreciate the trades.  In fact, I wouldn't still be blogging after all these years if I wasn't still actively trading - it's the biggest highlight of the blog experience for me!

Today's much appreciated trade is courtesy of Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown.

As you can see from the above pile of goodies, my side of the swap consisted of a big ol' pile of 2017 Topps Archives that I still needed for my base set.  While I like the Nolan Ryan and the Stargell cards plenty, the highlight has to be the picture perfect card that is that Daniel Murphy masterpiece.

In fact, let's look at that last card a little closer.

Gorgeous!

Thanks for the trade, Gavin - sorry it took me so long to get a post written (if it makes you feel better, I've got another 5+ envelopes that are even older that I still need to get posts up for)!  As for anyone else, if you'd like to trade with me be sure to check my want list and make an offer.  Oh, and if you happen to have a pile of 2017 Archives base cards lying around unloved, here is my want list:

2017 Topps Archives Wants:
Base:  2, 52, 72, 79, 103, 110, 132, 142, 202, 204, 207, 210, 215, 218, 249, 255, 284, 287, 288, 291, 297, 300

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: The End of Box #2 (and the Final Autograph)

This is it, the final four packs of 2018 Gypsy Queen that I plan to open up.  We still have our final promised hit to go so at least there's the chance of something cool to end this adventure.

Box 2:  Packs 20 - 24:

The final four packs didn't disappoint, which is nice.  For starters, I got yet another Fortune Teller card (thematic, yes, but not overly interesting to me).

The insert set that I do think I'll chase is the Tarot of the Diamond cards - and luckily for me, I landed another one in the final pack I ripped.

Those cards are pretty cool...and I think it'd be great to have the full set in a binder someday.

And finally, the last hit from Gypsy Queen (and happily for me, it's not a Twins' card).

While that auto may appear to be "okay" at the moment, it gets better if you flip the card over.

Yep, that's a 1:668 pack Bazooka back autograph numbered 16/25.  Very, very cool - and even better that it's a decent player (with a great looking signature).

That does it for Gypsy Queen for me.  Soon, I'll get a want list (and a trade bait list) together.  Thanks for joining me on my box ripping adventures!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 601: 1998 Topps Gold Label - #74 - Class 1

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Gold Label
Subset:  Class 1
Card number:  74

The Topps Gold Label brand has long been an (unaffordable) favorite brand of mine.  In 1998, the brand was just beginning - and even in the beginning the composition of the set was rather confusing.  In fact, each card in the 1998 Topps Gold Label set had a number of different versions.

As per baseballcardpedia.com, "There are 100 players released on three different, repeating, levels, each with it's own design: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. The Class 1 cards are the easiest to find, while the Class 3s the toughest.  To distinguish between the Classes, each Class 1 card has the player's name stamped in gold foil and has a fielding pose in the background. Class 2 shows the player running with sparkling silver foil. The Class 3 have sparkling gold foil with a hitting or pitching photograph."

In addition, there are parallels of each card (and each class).  There are black parallels and red parallels (the red parallels are much tougher pulls).  There is also a one-of-one parallel for all 900 cards in the base set.  While I don't ever expect to own any of the one-of-ones, I would like to eventually track down the other versions of Larkin's card in the set. 

More specifically, here's what I need to track down from the set:

  • Class 1 base  (have it)
  • Class 1 black parallel (have it, need to write a post)
  • Class 1 red parallel
  • Class 2 base
  • Class 2 black parallel
  • Class 2 red parallel
  • Class 3 base
  • Class 3 black parallel (have it, need to write a post)
  • Class 3 red parallel 


At the moment, I only own three out of the nine cards...and none of the three are the more difficult to find red parallels.  Needless to say, I still have quite a bit of work cut out for me!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 17 - 20 (in which I discover a Braves' parallel)

If I'm being honest, packs 17 - 20 didn't really offer up much in the way of interesting cards. In fact, there was only one card that wasn't a regular base card and it was a "missing nameplate" variation of Nick Markakis.

The missing nameplates are seeded 1:16 so they aren't particularly rare...but good luck finding the one you want of that specific player!

Speaking of specific players, since Barry Larkin isn't in this set I figured I'd show off the base card of my current favorite non-Reds player:  Jose Altuve.

That's a great looking card and the bright colors really make this year's edition of Gypsy Queen "pop" more than in years past.  Good stuff from Topps.

And with that, I have only four more packs remaining in my box before I have to start the process of sorting everything!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 13 - 16 (in which I pull an autograph!)

It's now time to dive into the second half of the 2018 Gypsy Queen box (box #2 of 2 in fact).  Today's four packs produced a bunch of goodies including two inserts, a parallel, and an autograph.  Read on to find out more.

Box 2:  Packs 13 - 16:

First up, our two inserts which both happened to be of the Fortune Teller variety.

I like the theme of this year's Gypsy Queen inserts, even if the Fortune Teller cards themselves don't interest me all that much.  Thematically, I think Topps hit the nail on the head with the set as a whole and so I commend them for that.

I mentioned already that we had a parallel in the four packs - and here it is:

That's a 1:41 pack black and white parallel of Matt Moore of the Texas Rangers numbered 26/50 on the back of the card.  I don't seem to do a lot of trading with Rangers fans anymore...so if I can't trade this away it'll end up on eBay before too long!

And finally, our autograph:

Yeah yeah, a stinking Twin.  Of course it's a Twin. 

Oh well, at least it is on card and nice looking.  I know nothing about Granite but maybe he'll end up being a superstar and I can retire off this card. 

Not likely.

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 09 - 12 (in which I pull an Indigo #/250)

It's been a couple of days since I last dipped into my second (and final) box of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen.  I think it's time to rip four more packs, don't you?

Box 2:  Packs 9 - 12:

This quartet of packs was admittedly less than wonderful.  In fact, two of the four packs were nothing but base cards (and most of those duplicates from the first box to boot).  I did get a pair of cards of note including another one of the awesome Tarot cards.

Calling Puig the "joker" is kind of funny I guess, but if I were Puig I'm not sure I'd find it amusing.  Seems almost mean...

The second and final card worth scanning was an Indigo parallel of Gary Sanchez of the Yankees.

The card is numbered 193/250 on the back and is definitely available for sale or trade.

That's half the box down...I'll do my best to work my way through the second half of the box in a quicker fashion than I did the first half.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 600: 2002 Fleer Genuine - #12 - Names of the Game Memorabilia

Barry Larkin
Year:  2002
Brand:  Fleer Genuine
Insert set:  Names of the Game Memorabilia
Card number:  12

Before I talk about this specific card, it's worth pointing out that this is the 600th entry in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series!  Way back when I started this series, I don't think I had any idea that I'd eventually be writing post #600...nor could I have imagined that I'd still have about 200 more Larkin cards waiting for me to write about in future posts!

Returning to the card of the day, this is a nice relic insert with a red stripe from the '02 Fleer Genuine set.  The Names of the Game cards were seeded 1:24 hobby packs so it isn't overly rare (though the set clocks in with 19 players so good luck getting the one you want)! 

In addition to the relic, Barry also has a base card in the set (#29) and a Names of the Game (non-relic edition) card (#NG4).  I have the base card which I need to show off in a future post but I don't yet own the regular Names of the Game insert card.  While I am still missing one card from the set, I am appreciative that there were exactly zero parallels in this set - that will make completing the entire Larkin portion much, much easier in the long run!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Delivery Time! Some Allen & Ginter Cards from Ryan including Minis!

I think I mentioned this a couple of days ago, but it's worth repeating:  I sure do love trading baseball cards...and over the past week or two, trades have been coming in fast and furious (which makes going to the mailbox much more exciting as opposed to only dreading bills). 

One of my latest swaps is with Ryan (he of the custom Allen & Ginter mini fame).  Ryan sent me a trio of cards that I needed for my 2017 Allen & Ginter set in exchange for some of my unwanted 2018 Heritage cards.

I didn't buy as much Allen & Ginter last year as I had in previous years (mostly due to money).  As such, I ended up needing a lot more cards than usual...including full sized inserts from the 100 card "What a Day" set.

Ryan was able to help me inch closer with the Lindor card celebrating Lindor's steal of first base in the 2016 World Series which won the nation free tacos (Taco Bell, however, is not mentioned by name on the card back).

The other two cards that Ryan had for me were both of the mini variety.  The first was a Horse in the Race retail only mini that I needed still.

I like the horse cards quite a bit - but since I usually stick with hobby boxes when I buy A&G I often struggle to complete any of the retail only sets.  As such, getting even one card closer is actually a big deal for my set!

The final card of the envelope comes from one of the best mini sets from 2017 A&G (at least in my opinion):  the World's Dudes set.

That's the Steel Worker Dude.  The back of his card talks about how the steel workers used lunch pails in the 1920s with packed lunches including hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, meat, coffee, and pie.

Good stuff all around!  Thanks for the trade, Ryan.  If anyone else has some unwanted 2017 Allen & Ginter lying around, I'm still looking for quite a few cards.  Here's the list (and my full want list):

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Wants:Base:  160
What a Day:  WAD- 2, 11, 16, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 45, 48, 50, 53, 54, 63, 73, 75, 77, 78, 83, 90, 94
Minis:Bust a Move:  BAM- 3, 5, 8, 9
Constellations:  C- 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Horse in the Race:  HR- 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24
Required Reading:  RR- 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15
World's Dudes:  WD- 2, 5, 12, 25, 37, 43


As usual, shoot me an email if you want to trade!

Trade Stack 90: I Miss Upper Deck Retro!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 4/21/18

Today's addition to the Trade Stack is a card from one of my favorite Upper Deck sets:  Upper Deck Retro.  While that particular brand had a very short lifespan of only a couple of years, the Retro sets themselves are really nice (and the hobby boxes were actually lunch pail tins which was pretty cool)! 

I'll keep adding cards to the Trade Stack until someone jumps in to claim it...but the risk in waiting for another card to be added is that someone else may end up with the entire pile before you do!  It's a fun little game of risk/reward!

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

1998 Upper Deck Retro:
120.  Eric Milton (Twins)


2018 Panini Donruss:
American Pride Insert:
AP20.  Tim Cate (USA)



If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by Night Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
Stack 84:  1 card by Gavin
Stack 85:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  7 cards by TSHenson
Stack 90:  ?? by ??

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 05 - 08 (in which I pull so many Yankees)

The first four packs out of the second Gypsy Queen box were rather fun.  Let's hope the positive momentum continues as move into packs 5 - 8.

Box 2:  Packs 5 - 8:

Two of the four packs offered up nothing but base cards (which in and of itself isn't the worst thing since I do plan on trying to complete the entire base set).  The other two packs each had one card of note starting with the one promised short print per box...

That's a rather nice photo of Whitey Ford, though I can't help but feel like I've seen that image somewhere else before (I don't collect the Yankees so maybe I'm wrong about that).

Speaking of the Yankees, my other card of note was a logo swap variation of Giancarlo Stanton.

Those logo swap cards are 1:22 packs and I suppose I could have done much worse in terms of player selection.  Still, I can't help but be underwhelmed by the logo swap idea as a whole.  This one will probably end up on either eBay or in someone's trade envelope.

That does it for the second set of four packs.  Not the most exciting packs ever, but I do appreciate nailing down one more short print if nothing else.  Plenty more goodies to come including the two promised hits of the box.

Trade Stack 90: So Shiny, So Sparkly!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

New rule:  Please note that shipping large packages to Canada (or overseas) has become too expensive, at least when it means that all I am getting in return is a single base card.  If you happen to want me to ship to a place not in the US, please contact me first.  Maybe we can work out a larger deal that will make the increase in postage worthwhile.  I am sorry for that as I have a number of great traders in Canada but I have no control over what the USPS charges for shipping!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 4/20/18

Today, we start the 90th Trade Stack in my ongoing series where I get rid of cards I don't want in exchange for one (or more) cards (or LEGO) that I do want!  Some Trade Stacks seem to really pile up for awhile before someone jumps in while others disappear after only one or two cards.  What will happen with this one?  Honestly, I don't have any idea.  I know a lot of people like shiny cards...and American flag cards...and inserts...  So who knows, this one might be gone before you even get to see what's in the Stack!

Remember, you can claim the current Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off my want list (or anything LEGO since I've been getting more and more into collecting LEGO as well)!

2018 Panini Donruss:
American Pride Insert:
AP20.  Tim Cate (USA)



If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by Night Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  26 cards by John H.
Stack 80:  14 cards by David G.
Stack 81:  3 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 82:  6 cards by Matt S.
Stack 83:  26 cards by Gavin
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Stack 85:  29 cards by arpsmith
Stack 86:  10 cards by Henry
Stack 87:  15 cards by Henry
Stack 88:  5 cards by Adam K.
Stack 89:  7 cards by TSHenson
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - Packs 01 - 04 (in which we find a 1:303 packs card)

After the great start to the second box (see the post from a couple of days ago), I have high hopes for something great out of my final box of 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen.  Let's rip the first four packs to get it going!

Box 2:  Packs 1 - 4:

As I hoped, the box starts out strong!  First up, a Bazooka back parallel of A.J. Jimenez. 

The Bazooka backs are seeded 1:43 packs so that's nothing to sneeze at. 

I also ended up with a pair of inserts this time around - our first Tarot card and Fortune Teller card. 

I'm 99% certain I have that Fortune Teller card already...but I'll have to see when I actually sort all of my Gypsy Queen.  I think I needed the Tarot card though...and that's good since I'm thinking about chasing after that particular insert set!

Finally, we end with this one...

That is a Capless variation (normally seeded 1:121 packs).  However, this is the much, much rarer capless variation logo swap (note the different Gypsy Queen logo on the card).  Those are seeded an incredible 1:303 packs!

I think we did rather well so far, don't you?  Still lots of packs remaining...so there's a chance for even more goodies as we dig deeper into the box!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Delivery Time! Remember the Astrodome Remembers Donruss for Me!

So far in 2018, trade packages have been arriving at de Casa de Nachos in furious spurts.  I think I went two weeks where I had at least one package in the mail every day...and then about a month and a half with nothing.  Now, I'm back to getting almost daily packages (which is awesome).  I am willing to bet that it has something to do with my cycle of buying new cards - this year I bought a lot of Topps Series 1 and had plenty of trades but then I sat out Heritage and so trading declined.  Now I'm back on board with Gypsy Queen (and Panini Donruss) and trading is also back.  I know correlation does not equal causation but man, it seems pretty clear to me!

Speaking of Panini Donruss, today's mail day is a PWE from Marc over at Remember the Astrodome.  Marc dropped a pair of Donruss cards in the mail for me which helped me inch ever closer to completing the full base set!

Thanks for the surprise mail day, Marc.  And, as usual, if anyone else would like to trade, be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 Gypsy Queen: Box 2 - The Box Topper (and it's a good one!)

According to the online checklist, the 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen set has a single box topper called Glass Works.  In my first (of two) hobby boxes, I pulled a Corey Seager card...not the Jose Altuve I was hoping for but still a pretty nice card.  The question for me was, what would box #2 hold?

This time around, I ended up with Anthony Rizzo...but not the base version.  No, this is the much rarer indigo version (numbered 124/150 on the backside of the card).

Very cool - and a great start to box #2.  

I can't wait to rip into the rest of the box...here's hoping for some more fun stuff (and the remaining base cards that I need for my own set of course)!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Barry Larkin Collection 599: 1998 Topps Stars - #65 - Bronze parallel (#/9799)

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Topps Stars
Card number:  65 (#1053/9799)
Parallel set:  Bronze

The 1998 Topps Stars set was distributed to Topps' Home Team Advantage stores only...and because of that, each base card is numbered out of a somewhat weird 9,799 copies (I have copy #1053 in my possession).  Even more confusing, there is a Bronze parallel of each base card that is also numbered to the same 9799.  From what I can tell, my card is actually a bronze parallel and not the regular base card (which I believe has red foil instead).  Even worse, there is a silver parallel (#/4399) and a gold parallel (#/2299).  Finally, there is a gold rainbow parallel numbered out of only 99.  Other than the bronze card you see above, I don't (yet) own any of the other versions of this card...I guess that gives me some new goals to try and track down!

As for the card itself, I guess it is okay. Honestly, it's nothing special...the front features a standard photo with some sort of weird background made up of starry blobs and a blurred out stadium crowd while the back of the car features a mess of fonts with a serial numbered printed over the secondary photo of Larkin.  I will admit that the set design fits withing the "Stars" theme of the set...but it doesn't do all that much for me.  I can't even say that I'm overly keen on trying to track down the remaining parallels...though if they happen to end up coming into my possession I certainly won't complain!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 Donruss: Retail Comparison ($20 Blaster Box)

Yesterday, I went through what I got from a retail hanger box of 2018 Donruss (cost of $9.99 for 60 cards).  Today, we take a look at a retail blaster of 2018 Panini Donruss (cost of $19.99 for only 56 cards).

Is it worth paying twice as much money for four fewer cards?  Read on to find out.

Unlike the hanger box, the blaster contains actual packs of cards inside (7 packs with 8 cards per pack).  That certainly makes the opening process a bit more fun than it was when ripping the single clear cellophane wrapping used for the "brick" of cards in the hanger box.

As stated already, the blaster comes with 7 packs but only 6 of those packs are "regular" packs.  The seventh pack contains blaster exclusive holo blue and crystal parallels so let's start with that pack first!

While none of those cards jumped out at me, I will say the two designs look quite nice.  I'd definitely like to trade for the Barry Larkin cards from the two parallel sets (and the hanger green foil parallels as well).

By now I imagine that everyone has seen more Panini Donruss base cards than they ever needed to and so I won't scan the contents of each pack.  I will, however, show off the highlights.  Before I do so, I should at least mention that I ended up with 39 different regular base cards plus 7 variation base cards.  Of the 39 base cards, I only needed two of them which was definitely disappointing!!

If you are doing the math at home, that only leaves two cards unaccounted for.  The first is a blank back parallel of Elvis Andrus.

The black backs are pretty tough pulls from what I've seen, but unfortunately they don't excite me much (though I wouldn't turn down either of the Larkin blank backs if they were offered to me).  As it is, this is a nice enough pull but it didn't move the excitement meter much.

The final card was exciting, but more so because it was totally unexpected...

That's (yet another) Twins autograph...but from a retail blaster it somehow feels a bit more special.  I don't know a thing about Mitch Garver but based on eBay sales I'm note expecting much out of him.  Still, it's always fun to pull an unexpected autograph!

That's it for the blaster...and so now we have to make a decision as to which is the better buy.  Personally, I think it's clear...the $9.99 hanger box offers more cards for half the price.  I do like the blaster's blue foil and crystal parallels better than the green parallels from the hanger but not $10 worth better.  Heck, I even beat the odds and pulled an autograph...but selling that auto won't recoup the extra $10 I had to spend (and then I'd be down another card).  No, it seems quite clear to me that if you are a set collector that the hanger box is the way to go.  If you are only interested in possibly pulling an autograph, you are probably better off just buying it directly from eBay (or some other site). 

At this point in time, I should point out that I'm still looking for some 2018 Donruss cards for my own set.